Pensioner with cancer raises £3,000 to help fight disease

The Bolton News: from left Gene Watts, Sue Royal chairman of Christie Friends, Eileen Murphy and Kath Brown at the presentation of the cheque to Christies from left Gene Watts, Sue Royal chairman of Christie Friends, Eileen Murphy and Kath Brown at the presentation of the cheque to Christies

A PENSIONER with incurable cancer has raised £3,000 to help other sufferers of the disease.

Eileen Murphy, aged 66, wrote a social history book about her family after feeling inspired to raise funds for The Christie, where she has been undergoing treatment.

Mrs Murphy, of Crompton Way, wrote from Black Clogs to Shiny Shoes about life as it was for her family in 1922 when her grandmother died after giving birth, leaving behind 10 children.

Shortly after being diagnosed with cancer Mrs Murphy lost her husband to a massive heart attack. She wrote the book using old videos of her late mother and twin sister talking about Bolton in the old days.

The book went on sale during the summer and has sold hundreds of copies. Many copies have been sent across the world including to Australia. She presented the cheque to the hospital in November.

Mrs Murphy, who is receiving treatment for renal carcinoma, now wants to donate a further cheque the Christie in Manchester but this time to the oncology unit.

She is hoping Bolton people will get behind her in her fundraising mission.

The book is available at Bolton Library’s shop and at Gene’s Collectables at 345 Wigan Road, Bolton for £10.

Owner Gene Watts has also been selling copies on ebay.

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